A group of German boys is ordered to protect a small bridge in their home village during the waning months of the second world war. Truckloads of defeated, cynical Wehrmacht soldiers flee the approaching American troops, but the boys, full of enthusiasm for the "blood and honor" Nazi ideology, stay to defend the useless bridge.
They look for love in a world of violence!
Did You Know?
None of the tanks shown in the movie are real. Since the German army still did not have any tanks in 1959, Bernhard Wicki had to have wooden models constructed, they were then placed on top of a truck chassis. The wheels can clearly been seen under the "tank" body. See more
The action takes place within a couple of days in the late spring of 1945 as the US forces were moving through Bavaria. However, the trees clearly show their late Autumn remaining foliage, instead of spring buds and new leaves. See more
I can't see these boys sacrificed pointlessly at the end of the war!
I've spoken to your boys. They are idealists. They believe in fighting for their ideals. They want to save their Fatherland. They believe what you taught them. Hölderlin. German Textbook for Older Students. The battle is ours, O Fatherland! Count not the dead!
But, Herr Fröhlich, all these ideals - freedom, Fatherland, a hero's death - they've all been betrayed!
A few days ago I heard that my son had been killed in action. Has he...
An English dubbed version was released in the USA in 1963. See more